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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) Review

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Author: Deborah Harkness

Release: 2011

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 579

I cannot believe how incredible this book was. The characters are vibrant and complex, the settings absolutely breathtaking. There was never a point in this book where I felt bored or unmotivated to read any more. This book is one of those occasions where I could not put the book down until I was literally falling asleep.

Diana Bishop is a 30-something witch who has rarely practiced her craft, instead focusing her efforts on being one of the most sought-after historians in the world. Her focus on alchemy puts her back in the realm of magic, with an ancient text revealing itself to her at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Enter a menagerie of vampires, daemons and witches who want to know more about this text. Most notably is esteemed professor, and vampire, Matthew Clairmont.

Throughout this book, readers are taken on a magical journey from Oxford to France to small-town New York state. The cast of characters draws you in to their lives and makes readers actually feel for them.

I can’t wait to begin reading the second book in this series, Shadow of Night, immediately.

Rating: 5/5 over-caffeinated daemons

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First Among Sequels Review

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Author: Jasper Fforde

Release: 2007

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 363

Fourteen years after the events of Something Rotten, we catch up with Thursday Next who now has three children and is still heavily involved in the happenings of Bookworld.

This book brings together the cast of characters from the previous books in the series while introducing readers to new characters (most notably her children), this book ensnared me in its twisting plotlines.

Whenever Thursday is in the Bookworld, I want to be right there with her. Honestly, what could be better than interacting with book characters and seeing your favourite tales from the inside? It’s like reading a bookworm’s dream come true.

I can’t wait to continue reading the books in this series. If you want a treat for your book-loving soul, be sure to pick up First Among Sequels.

Rating: 5/5 LiteraTech Agents

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The Fourth Bear Review

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Author: Jasper Fforde

Release: 2006

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 382 

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if nursery rhyme characters were real? Neither did I, until I started reading Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime books.

The Fourth Bear is the second outing in this series, with Nursery Crime police Jack Spratt and Mary Mary trying to solve two different cases involving interesting characters. First you have the case of the missing reporter, Goldilocks.

Next comes the escape of the sadistic serial killer the Gingerbreadman. Yes, that Gingerbreadman. I was beside myself laughing reading about him, as I often think of the cute little cookie from the Shrek movies. But this Gingerbreadman is over 6 feet tall and tears off peoples’ limbs as people often do with his cookie type.

Treat yourself to this delightfully written book that explores nursery rhymes in a way that is hilarious you need to read more.

Rating: 5/5 contraband bowls of porridge

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Rest in Peach Review

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Author: Susan Furlong

Release: 2016

Genre: Mystery/Cozy Mystery

Pages: 304

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, with no **

The setting of this book instantly drew me in from the first chapter to the very last page. And as a peach lover, I was delighted to read a book about the products while effortlessly weaving a mystery into the setting.

Nola Mae is an absolute delight of a character, and I especially loved the fact that her time as a humanitarian shows through in her compassion for others.

When the cotillion preparations begin to ramp up in Cays Mill, it’s up to Nola Mae to be the cool-headed one amidst the hyper mothers and daughters. When a murder occurs, it’s also up to her to clear her friends name before its too late.

To readers everywhere, do yourself a favour and pick up this delightful book. While you’re at, brew yourself a cup of delicious peach tea and envelop yourself in the fabulous writing of Ms. Furlong.

Rating: 5/5 Peachy Keen Preserves

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Lair of Dreams Review

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Author: Libba Bray

Release: 2015

Genre: Fiction/Supernatural/Thriller

Pages: 613

Want a book that will leave you gripping the edge of your seat and insatiably hungry for more? Look no further than Lair of Dreams, the sequel to 2012 bestseller The Diviners.

Picking up where the last book left off, readers find their favourite crew of Diviners living out their best lives in 1920s New York City. However, a new plague has swept the city and it’s called the sleeping sickness. Written so devastatingly realistic, it’s a wonder that this disease actually doesn’t exist in the world; and for that we all need be excessively thankful.

Lair of Dreams introduces new characters to the already familiar cast, with dreamwalker Ling Chan being the most pre-eminent and drawing readers into her story as Ms. Bray flawlessly weaves it into that of a main character.

Once you begin reading this book, it will be hard to put down. I read nearly the entire second half of the book in one sitting because I couldn’t possibly wait to find out what happens next. The well-paced, extremely suspenseful book will captivate readers of all ages and urge them to never answer yes to the recurring adage of come dream with me.

Rating: 5/5 Sweetheart Seers

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Off the Books Review

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Author: Lucy Arlington (aka Susan Furlong)

Release: 2016

Genre: Cozy-Mystery/Mystery

Pages: 273

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

It’s not often when I can say that I couldn’t figure out the killer of a mystery by the halfway point. In this case, I could not; and that’s a very good thing in my books!

If you haven’t read any of the series, you’re in for a treat. Set in the North Carolina literary town of Inspiration Valley, the city feels like a cross between Westbridge (of Sabrina the Teenaged Witch) and Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow. And the characters bring just as much zest to the table. Literary agent Lila Wilkins is a protagonist that is so loveable, you want everything to work out just right for her.

When a murder occurs at the bridal expo that her employer, Novel Idea Literary Agency, is helping run turns into the scene of a crime, Lila and her gang of friends must solve the mystery before they become the next victim.

An absolutely delightful read from start to finish, readers and cozy mystery fans alike would be foolish to miss out on such a gem of a book that leaves bookworms wanting more as soon as they put the book down.

Rating: 5/5 caramel lattes from Espresso Yourself

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The Bone Season Review

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Author: Samantha Shannon

Release: 2013

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 452

Truly one of the most engaging and addictive books I have read in a long time, I could not talk myself into putting The Bone Season down once I had started it. Ms. Shannon immerses readers in an alternate version of Europe, where the Scion rules supreme and works to stop the onslaught of clairvoyants roaming in the nations.

Our protagonist comes in the form of Paige Mahoney, a powerful clairvoyant who works in the underground world of London for the Syndicate. After being captured and forced into a world previously unknown to her, Paige is embroiled with new information that will change her world forever.

The sheer thought and detail gone into the creation of this world makes me believe that Ms. Shannon will soon become recognized as one of most inventive, groundbreaking authors of her generation.

I encourage you readers who have not entered this amazing world of Scion Europe to do so as soon as you can. Let yourself escape to a place where your mind will never stop trying to figure out various nuances. You won’t regret it.

Rating: 5/5 dreamwalkers

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The Royal We Review

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Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Release: 2015

Genre: Romance

Pages: 454

The cover of this book immediately brings to mind Kate Middleton and Prince William. However, this brilliant piece of writing brings to light the not-so-glamourous side of the coin that comes when a ‘commoner’ falls in love with royalty.

Beginning at Oxford and spanning a number of years, The Royal We tells the story of Rebecca ‘Bex’ Porter, an Idahoan with dreams of awakening her artistic talents in England. While at school she meets the Prince Nicholas and his gang of friends, who show Bex the ropes in her new country while treating her to the privileges that come with a royal friend.

From start to finish, I was glued to the book’s vibrant characters and undeniably mesmerizing plot. The evolution of Bex is extremely realistic, allowing for many readers to identify with both her passions and struggles.

If you’re looking for a book that will keep you up to all hours of the night, yet still leave you breathless then head to your nearest bookstore or library to pick up a copy of The Royal We.

Rating: 5/5 study abroad experiences

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Survivors Review

Author: Violet Cross

Release: 2014

Genre: Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

An ambitious start to the career of newcomer Violet Cross, Survivors is the tale of feuding tribes in a post-apocalyptic world.

Protagonist Lacey Young is a likeable lead character that’s hell-bent on protecting her 16-year old sister Layla. As the respected leader of her tribe, Lacey is tasked with finding various artifacts that will help keep the feared ‘Divines’ away.

In this world, the aforementioned Divines are the rulers of the realm; humans who have superhero-esque abilities that they use to dominate the world. Another way of establishing their dominance is through the imposition of the taxation policies that often lead to the end of tribes if they can’t provide to them.

When I got to the point of the plot twist, I was so shocked that I just stared at the page for a good while trying to comprehend how I didn’t catch on earlier. That, to me, is the sign of a good author.

I can’t wait to see what Ms. Cross has in store for us in the future, as well as for the future of this book series.

Rating: 4/5 artifacts

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Poppy McVie: Operation Orca Rescue Review

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Author: Kimberli A. Bindschatel

Release: July. 22nd 2015

Genre: Adventure, Conservation

Pages: 200+

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

Wow. That’s the first word that automatically comes to mind after finishing this whirlwind adventure of a book. This sequel to the first book in the Poppy McVie series takes readers on a journey of both dazzling beauty, thanks to the ingenious writing of Ms. Bindschatel, and startling realizations.

The writing doesn’t shy away from using dialogue that a young 20-year old woman would use. Yes, Poppy swears, even dropping the occasional f-bomb. Finally a book that doesn’t cover up the idea that frustration leads way to swearing, especially with such a passionate protagonist.

This book tackles the matter of whale poaching, particularly in the beautiful fjords of Norway, for commercial gain. Without giving away any spoilers (you’ll just have to buy the book!), I will say that Operation Orca Rescue outlines the horrors of poaching these majestic creatures without being gratuitously violent.

On a lighter note, the writing in this book blew me away so much that I often found myself taking screenshots of various quotes. Below is one of the stunning works of writing I’m talking about:

“Is this what was meant by transcendence? To be held aloft by an invisible force of nature like some great hand, lifted from below? What is the wind but an illusion, made manifest by the collision of hot and cold air?”

If that doesn’t move you on a deep level, I don’t know what will. This book moved me so much that I will continue to post content relevant to the topic of whale poaching and the writing in this book throughout this upcoming week to pay homage to Operation Orca Rescue’s release.

To learn more about this conservation wonder that is Ms. Bindschatel, visit her at: http://www.kimberlibindschatel.com

To learn more about the plight of our whale friends in Norway visit: http://us.whales.org/issues/whaling-in-norway

Rating: 5/5 Norwegian fjords

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